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Ilhan Omar calls out advertisers on Fox News: They ‘should not be underwriting hate speech’

Greg Nash

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Wednesday called out companies for “dangerous” advertising during some Fox News programs. 

“Fox News is now giving a nightly platform to white supremacist rhetoric. It’s dangerous,” she tweeted. “Advertisers should not be underwriting hate speech.”

Her tweet referred to a Tuesday night segment in which Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Omar, who came to America as a Somali refugee, is “living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.” 

Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish group, tweeted the clip, calling it “white nationalism in action.” The group also called out StarKist, Nutrisystem and WeatherTech for advertising during the segment.{mosads}

Carlson is expected to address the issue during his show Wednesday night. The Hill also has reached out to the named companies for comment.

“Anyone who values democracy and free expression should be gravely concerned when members of Congress demand that their critics be silenced. Tucker will address this on tonight’s show,” Justin Wells, senior executive producer of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” said in a statement obtained by The Hill.

During the Tuesday night segment, Carlson described Omar’s journey arriving to America from one of the “poorest countries” to become “one of the most powerful women in America” at age 36.

“It’s an amazing story really. Only in this country could it have happened,” he said. “Ilhan Omar has an awful lot to be grateful for, but she isn’t grateful.”

This is not the first time politicians and activists have called out companies for advertising during Fox News broadcasts. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a top-tier 2020 candidate, notably said in May she would not host a town hall on Fox News, calling the network a “hate-for-profit scam.”

Last December, multiple companies said they would pull advertisements during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after the host said the “immigration crisis” in America makes the country “poorer and dirtier and more divided.”

Updated: 5:34 p.m.

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